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The HAL 9000 meets his female counterpart... the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice ControlHoneywell adds voice control tech to its smart thermostat.
-Hi, everyone. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances and this is a review of the Hoenywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. This thermostat may look familiar to some of you, and that's because it is basically identical to the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat without voice control. It has the same features, the same basic dimensions, but the one obvious difference is that this one is offered in a black finish while the older version is offered in a metallic silver finish. I actually prefer this one better. I think it's a bit more sophisticated. The voice control feature is extremely cool. It's a first for the residential thermostat market, but it's gonna cost you. The older version without voice control is $249, similar to the Nest Learning Thermostat, while this one is $349. To activate it, you just say, "Hello, thermostat." -Hello. Please say a plan. -I'm feeling hot. -One moment, please. -Changing [unk] to 71 degrees. -And that's it. It's definitely cool, but do you need it? Maybe not. If the technology was super advanced and could do a lot of the same things that the [unk] could do, I would recommend spending the extra hundred bucks. Honeywell is planning to make updates to voice control along the way, but for now, I would say stick with the $249 model or go for the Nest if you like that design better. So while it does all of the great things that the less expensive model does, the voice control is just a little basic to me. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances and this has been a review of the Hoenywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control.